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Aug 16, 2013, 14:19
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2.8
Is is still recommended notto download the latest version of Gimp? Or has it corrected the flaws that people were having with that version?

I love Gimp so much that I want to be up to date, if possible.Sleepy

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Aug 16, 2013, 15:14
Post: #2
RE: 2.8
"If it ain't broke don't fix it." - Captain Edward J. Smith of the RMS Titanic.

There will always be issues with anything new, some call it bugs or birth cries. The important thing is that the issues be address and I am sure the ones the developers feel are actual "errors" will get fixed.

However sometimes people don't like changes that others do. I don't like changes, I like GIMP 2.6 just the way it is and I can work with that. The short list of reasons I am not jumping in the 2.8 pool is little things such as; the "Save As" feature has been replaced with Export. I have been reading about crashes. I believe the crashes occur mostly on the Windows OS. Still I am not eager to dive in the deep end. Also with Linux it is easy to upgrade and somewhat harder to downgrade an application.

Currently the GIMP is now up to 2.8.6 "stable" version. Stable is a relative term used. To me it just means they stopped working on that release and are now working on 2.8.7 or 2.9. Maybe 3.0 will sparkle and hand out free beer and pizza, who knows.

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Aug 16, 2013, 15:52 (This post was last modified: Aug 16, 2013 16:39 by rich2005.)
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RE: 2.8
It depends on the OS, I do not think that Windows users have ever had any problems, but I could be wrong.

For certain linux users.

Gimp 2.8.2 had a problem with text-to-path truncated to about 16-18 characters.
Gimp 2.8.4 fixed above but there was a problem with the the script-fu gradient select which caused a crash.

Gimp 2.8.6 working fine here on PClinuxOS (and as far as I can tell WinXP/Win7 virtual machines)

Edit: Thinking about windows & gimp 2.8.6
32 bit or 64 bit, after a fresh install, still takes a long time on the first run while looking for fonts. Do not click on anything, stick your hands in your pockets and go for a walk around the block.
32 bit does take a 'comparatively' long time to start up (while looking for plugins - well reported).
64 bit is better.

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Aug 16, 2013, 22:08
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RE: 2.8
As long as that's fresh beer and pizza, count me in.
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Aug 17, 2013, 04:32
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RE: 2.8
As I recall, my son told me about 2 years ago, one of the open source programs (Blender I think) did a complete remake of itself causing a lot of damage and confusion. Scripts would not run between old and new versions (had to be remade). Think of the hundreds of scripts GIMP has and then telling all the authors that the newest version won't/can't support them. Tools in the new and improved interface were missing or didn't work like they use to before. So really things could have been a lot worse, but I will wait for something everyone is smiling about.

I think I told someone about the -no-fonts switch. I know it will work but then 'no fonts' means exactly that. If you want to be a voice in the crowd and try to influence the next build cast your opinion upon the waters --> http://gui.gimp.org/index.php/GIMP_UI_Redesign

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Aug 17, 2013, 10:42 (This post was last modified: Aug 17, 2013 10:43 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: 2.8
(Aug 16, 2013 14:19)Teepee Wrote:  I love Gimp so much that I want to be up to date, if possible.Sleepy

Tom Daigle
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Gimp is like an OS but with more features visibly available (filters, tools, etc.)

I was a bit hessitant to use wdoze 8 because of the start screen, but its a fresh OS and actually runs faster(esp startup/shutdown) than wdoze 7, so I'm happy with it Smile

If I were you even for the export feature Wendy mentioned, thats a caveat. I see the new save as functioning as any other traditional program would, saving the document in it's native format. Since gimp still has crashing problems(certainly crashes LESS in 2.8.6)
Saving often(5-10 minutes or less if working with larger resolutions) & in .XCF(save as) is convenient.

A few good ways to improve the likelyhood that gimp won't crash on you.
- Purge the undo history on complex projects every 5 minutes
-limit number other program uses if low on ram(to only music or documents/text based apps)
- increase/decrease tile cache size/RAM usage to half your ram

So in conclusion, Tom, I highly recommend you upgrade to 2.8.6, one for if you use it on wdoze and just for general use and two if you want to benefit from some of its new features (hover scroll adjusting : fine tune / click tuning : ...) and fast python plugins.

If you've never ran into bugs with gimp in the past you probably wont with 2.8.6. I've tested it on XP and just recently wdoze 8(time will tell, so far so good!)
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Aug 17, 2013, 15:15
Post: #7
RE: 2.8
I will take your advice. I actually started with the newer version. Accidentally deleted it, then went to the popular version.

Thanks for the learned advice.

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